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Nathaniel Rich

Nathaniel Rich lives in New York City, where he is an editor at The Paris Review. He is the author of San Francisco Noir and The Mayor's Tongue is his[…]

The five books Rich can’t live without.

Topic: Nathaniel Rich's Literary Canon

Nathaniel Rich:Probably I would say The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov is maybe my favorite book, and I tried to imitate it as m- or rip it off as much-- not rip it off. I’m saying I tried-- it was a big inspiration writing The Mayor’s Tongue. I- I-- there were a lot of things that- that Bulgakov does in that book that I tried to- to assimilate into my book. Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds is the funniest book I know. I would include also a Dickens book, but I don’t- maybe Bleak House-- that’s three. Two more books? It, by Stephen King, which I haven’t read since I was- in about 17 years or 15 years, but I loved that book a lot when I read it. And, I don’t know, In Cold Blood maybe? I was just re-reading part of it so it’s fresh in my mind. But that was-- I remember reading that at a young age and it- it’s really sticking with me.

 

Recorded On: 3/17/08